Installing SharePoint 2013 and Office 2013 Developer Tools on the Visual Studio 2012 RTM

Update after SP2013 RTM release: This Article still applies for SharePoint 2013 RTM. Instead of Preview version, Please install Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 RTM version on SharePoint 2013 RTM VM.

If you install Visual Studio 2012 RTM on the SharePoint 2013 Preview machine, you may notice that Visual Studio 2012 RTM doesn’t have project templates for SharePoint 2013 Preview development. One of the reason being SharePoint 2013 released after Visual Studio 2013 RTM release.

Once you install Visual Studio 2012 RTM on the SharePoint 2013 Preview machine, Visual Studio 2012 RTM will show only project templates for SharePoint 2010 Custom development.

To configure Visual Studio 2012 RTM support for SharePoint 2013 Preview development, you must download Office and SharePoint 2013 developer tools using the Microsoft Platform Web Installer.

To initiate the process, from the start menu, Launch the Web Platform Installer 4.0

In the Web Platform Installer window, searching for “SharePoint” word should show you option to install Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 RTM – Preview. Select the Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 RTM – Preview and click the Install button at the bottom of the window.

As you can see, Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 RTM – Preview will download and install many additional pre-requisites including SharePoint Developer Tools for VS 2012, Windows Identity Foundation SDK, and SharePoint Client Component.

After the installation, if you open the Visual Studio 2012, you will able to see different project templates available for Apps and SharePoint to support SharePoint 2013 Preview development.

Happy coding!!!!!

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